Gold Quarter Ounce 2023 Una and the Lion, Coin from Saint Helena - detailed information

Gold Quarter Ounce 2023 Una and the Lion, Coin from Saint Helena
CoinGold Quarter Ounce 2023 Una and the Lion

Saint Helena is a small island in the South Atlantic Ocean which is part of the British overseas territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha. The currency of the island is the Saint Helena pound, fixed at parity with the pound sterling. The island has authorised some private mints to issue coins under its jurisdiction, which come in a variety of sizes - including in the popular gold quarter ounce (1/4 oz gold) format, usually denominated as £2.

This coin is part of the Una and the Lion range by The East India Company.

The legend of Una and the Lion dates back to the 16th Century and Edmund Spencer’s epic medieval poem, The Faerie Queene. Una is a beautiful princess on a quest to rescue her parents from a dragon who has imprisoned them in a tower. She encounters a fierce lion whose rage is subdued as he is captivated by Una’s beauty and innocence. He becomes her faithful companion, forever by her side, protecting her from harm. The relationship between Una and the Lion and the great coin designers began with the 1839 five-pound piece, produced to mark the first anniversary of the coronation of Queen Victoria. It featured a bold neoclassical design by William Wyon, whose Una and the Lion symbolised the young Queen Victoria harnessing the power of the mighty British nation, represented by the Lion. It is now recognised as one of history’s most beautiful coin designs, a legacy which continues with the East India Company’s annual Una and the Lion Collection.

The mint says about the 2023 edition:
"This powerfully elegant 2023 design by Glyn Davies captures the inseparable bond and unwavering courage of Una and the Lion, giving equal prominence to these two legendary characters. The design’s Art Nouveau influences beautifully emphasise the fantastical nature of Spenser’s epic poem and the steely determination of the brave princess and mighty beast at her side."

The 2023 edition is the first in the Una and Lion coin collection to feature the portrait of King Charles III by Glyn Davies, who is thus in the relatively rare position of having designed both sides of the coin.

MintEast India Company (modern) Mint MarkEIC Total Mintage 499
Obverse
Saint Helena / Gold Quarter Ounce 2023 Una and the Lion - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin shows the bare (uncrowned) head of King Charles III facing left.

In tiny letters on the neck truncation, the artist's initials: GD (for Glyn Davies).

Around, the monarch's legend and the face value: CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · ST. HELENA · 2 POUNDS ·. Translated from Latin, the legend means: Charles the Third, by the Grace of God, King, Defender of the Faith, Saint Helena.

Obverse Inscription CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · ST. HELENA · 2 POUNDS ·
Reverse
Saint Helena / Gold Quarter Ounce 2023 Una and the Lion - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin shows mythical heroine Una together with the lion; they sit next to each other, and she has her hand on the lion's neck; with her other hand, Una holds a spear. In the background, the rising sun.

Around above, the inscription · UNA AND THE LION ·; around below, the date of issue · 2023 ·.

Below left in the rim, the EIC mint mark of the East India Company; the letters are separated by arrows radiating from the centre around which they are situated.

Reverse Inscription · UNA AND THE LION · · 2023 ·
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: Proof FDC.
Packaging: in presentation box, with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
East India Company SKU: FG23UNAGPQOZ
Release date: 21 April 2023.
Issue price: £695.00

See also

Coins featuring the Una and the Lion theme and issued for Saint Helena include:
- Five Sovereigns Proof, Masterpiece - Una and the Lion, 2019
- 1 oz Gold Proof, Una and the Lion, 2020
- 1/4 oz Gold Proof, Una and the Lion, 2020
- 0.5 g Gold Proof, Una and the Lion, 2020
- 1 oz Silver Bullion, Una and the Lion, 2020
- 1 oz Silver Proof, Una and the Lion, 2020
- 5 oz Gold Proof, Masterpiece - Una and the Lion, 2021
- 2 oz Gold Proof, Masterpiece - Una and the Lion, 2021
- 1 oz Gold Proof, Masterpiece - Una and the Lion, 2021
- 1 oz Gold Proof, Una and the Lion, 2021
- 1/4 oz Gold Proof, Una and the Lion, 2021
- 0.5 g Gold Proof, Una and the Lion, 2021
- 1 kg Silver Proof, Masterpiece - Una and the Lion, 2021
- 1 kg Silver Proof, Una and the Lion, 2021
- 5 oz Silver Proof, Masterpiece - Una and the Lion, 2021
- 5 oz Silver Proof, Una and the Lion, 2021
- 2 oz Silver Proof, Masterpiece - Una and the Lion, 2021
- 2 oz Silver Bullion, Una and the Lion, 2021
- 2 oz Silver Proof, Una and the Lion, 2021
- 1 oz Silver Proof, Masterpiece - Una and the Lion, 2021
- 1 oz Silver Bullion, Una and the Lion, 2021
- 1 oz Silver Proof, Una and the Lion, 2021
- 1 oz Gold Proof, Una and the Lion, 2022
- 1/4 oz Gold Proof, Una and the Lion, 2022
- 0.5 g Gold Proof, Una and the Lion, 2022
- 1 kg Silver Proof, Una and the Lion, 2022
- 5 oz Silver Proof, Una and the Lion, 2022
- 2 oz Silver Bullion, Una and the Lion, 2022
- 2 oz Silver Proof, Una and the Lion, 2022
- 1 oz Silver Bullion, Una and the Lion, 2022
- 1 oz Silver Proof, Una and the Lion, 2022
- 1 oz Gold Proof, Una and the Lion, 2023
- 1/4 oz Gold Proof, Una and the Lion, 2023
- 0.5 g Gold Proof, Una and the Lion, 2023
- 1 kg Silver Proof, Una and the Lion, 2023
- 5 oz Silver Proof, Una and the Lion, 2023
- 2 oz Silver Bullion, Una and the Lion, 2023
- 2 oz Silver Proof, Una and the Lion, 2023
- 1 oz Silver Bullion, Una and the Lion, 2023
- 1 oz Silver Proof, Una and the Lion, 2023
- 1 oz Gold Proof, Una and the Lion, 2024
- 1/4 oz Gold Proof, Una and the Lion, 2024
- 0.5 g Gold Proof, Una and the Lion, 2024
- 1 kg Silver Antique, Una and the Lion, 2024
- 2 oz Silver Bullion, Una and the Lion, 2024
- 2 oz Silver Antique (Ultra High Relief), Una and the Lion, 2024
- 1 oz Silver Bullion, Una and the Lion, 2024
- 1 oz Silver Proof, Una and the Lion, 2024

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Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
One Guinea 2013 The East India Company 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ST. HELENA · QUEEN ELIZABETH II · 1.05 POUNDS 2013 ·
One Guinea 2015 The East India Company 200 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ST. HELENA · QUEEN ELIZABETH II · 1.05 POUNDS 2013 ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2017 Empire - Queen Elizabeth I 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ST. HELENA · QUEEN ELIZABETH II · ONE POUND · 2017 ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2017 Empire - James I 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ST. HELENA · QUEEN ELIZABETH II · ONE POUND · 2017 ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2017 Empire - Charles II 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ST. HELENA · QUEEN ELIZABETH II · ONE POUND · 2017 ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2017 Empire - William III 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ST. HELENA · QUEEN ELIZABETH II · ONE POUND · 2017 ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2017 Empire - Queen Anne 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ST. HELENA · QUEEN ELIZABETH II · ONE POUND · 2017 ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2017 Empire - George II 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ST. HELENA · QUEEN ELIZABETH II · ONE POUND · 2017 ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2017 Empire - George III 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ST. HELENA · QUEEN ELIZABETH II · ONE POUND · 2017 ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2017 Empire - William IV 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ST. HELENA · QUEEN ELIZABETH II · ONE POUND · 2017 ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2017 Empire - Queen Victoria 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ST. HELENA · QUEEN ELIZABETH II · ONE POUND · 2017 ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2018 Rose Crown Guinea unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ST. HELENA · QUEEN ELIZABETH II · 2018 · £25 · THE EAST INDIA COMPANY ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2020 Una and the Lion 499 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · D · G · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA · 2 POUNDS ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2020 Rose Crown Guinea unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ST. HELENA · QUEEN ELIZABETH II · 2020 · £25 · THE EAST INDIA COMPANY ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 Una and the Lion 499 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · D · G · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA · 2 POUNDS ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 Napoleon 200th Anniversary 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ST. HELENA · 2021 ELIZABETH II · FIVE POUNDS ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2022 Una and the Lion 499 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · D · G · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA · 2 POUNDS ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2022 Goddess Hera 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · ST. HELENA · 2022 · 2 POUNDS ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2022 Rose Crown Guinea unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ST. HELENA · QUEEN ELIZABETH II · 2022 · £25 · THE EAST INDIA COMPANY ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2023 Una and the Lion 499 King Charles III - Portrait by Glyn Davies CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · ST. HELENA · 2 POUNDS ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2023 Goddess Eos 1,000 King Charles III - Portrait by Glyn Davies CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · ST. HELENA · 2 POUNDS · 2023 ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2024 Una and the Lion 499 King Charles III - Portrait by Glyn Davies CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · ST. HELENA · 2 POUNDS ·
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Gold Quarter Ounce 2023 Una and the Lion: Details
CountrySaint Helena
CurrencySaint Helena Pound
Coin TypeGold Quarter Ounce (1/4 oz)
Issued2023
MonarchKing Charles III
EffigyKing Charles III - Portrait by Glyn Davies
Face Value2 (x Pound)
Total Mintage499
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerGlyn Davies
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationCoin Alignment (Axis 6)
Size25.0000 mm
Mass7.7750 g
OCC IDYRVP-EVRC-MVWQ-EDQG
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Gold Quarter Ounce 2023 Una and the Lion: Photos
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Copyright: The East India Company
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